Return of Shopping Day
November 15, 2008, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Shopping Day, Tips

Two weeks ago, I ran out of food and said to myself, “I need to go grocery shopping.” The week went by, and I didn’t have time to do the shopping, even on the weekend. The next week I thought “Damn, I have no food. Must shop ASAP!” And the week almost went by again with no new groceries. Finally I said I’d try out Peapod grocery delivery service since I’ve been busy with school, we only have one car, and our schedules haven’t been matching up.

This is the first time in a long time I shopped at Stop ‘n Shop, the big regular grocery store and not Whole Foods or the Marketplace. I was shocked at how much food I was able to buy. I have enough food for *almost* 2 weeks if I just grab a few more fresh vegetables.

The shopping: $63.25
baking soda
Puffins cereal
1 dozen cage-free organic eggs
cream cheese
mozzarella cheese
deli chicken breast
frozen corn
frozen mixed vegetables

lasagna noodles
3 pears
Ground beef
1lb bag of carrots
1 bunch celery
1 bunch kale
1 lemon
2lb bag of onions
5lb bag of potatoes
1 butternut squash
tortilla chips, 2 bags
Mint Milano cookies
Stacy’s Pita Chips
Gingersnaps cookies
garbanzo beans
beef broth
chicken broth

(blue means it advertises itself as “natural”, green means organic)

The Menu
Beef stew, meat I have in the freezer – 2 days
Butternut squash lasagna and kale – 2 or 3 days; I loooove this recipe, and I get to use the new immersion blender that I got for my birthday!
Tofu curry, tofu from the freezer – 3 days
Shepherd’s pie – 3 days
Spaghetti, sauce from the freezer
Sesame beef & celery stir fry (lunch)

Delivery service costs $10 if you order $60 – $99 worth of groceries, or $6.95 if you order over $100. But I found a coupon code so for $10 off your first order, so I got the delivery for free this time.

$10 is definitely worth it if I’m in one of those periods where I’m just too busy. If our schedules don’t match up and I have to take the bus to the grocery store, it takes like two hours, I can only get to the very expensive market, and I can only buy as much as I can carry. I’d gladly pay $10 not to have to do that. I wouldn’t do it every single week though. $10/wk x 50 wks a year = $500. That’s more than one month of worth of spending allowance, or more than two months worth of groceries! Maybe I’ll get deliveries once a month to stock up on staples that I don’t need to go to Whole Foods for, and for heavy things. For example, I was happy to get cheap baking soda & vinegar (which I use a lot of for cleaning), pasta, onions, and potatoes – I don’t usually buy those organic and this way I’m not overpaying for them at Whole Foods.


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